graemeh:mattwnz: Why aren't business purchases covered by the CGA. The only difference in terms of cost of the product, is that business don't pay GST. Otherwise aren't businesses being treated unfairly ¿
Otherwise what pays for the cost of providing the CGA to NZ, and why would imported and business goods not be covered?
The importer/manufacturer and retailer bear the cost of providing the CGA so ultimately it is the end purchaser of the product or service that is paying for the CGA as the retailer will factor their CGA obligations into the price.
This is nothing to do with GST.
That is true, but that does mean that NZ businesses are subsidising the cost of providing the CGA to personal consumers, as they don't get products any cheaper than personal consumers, apart from it being GST exempt. Personally I think it should be visibly built into GST, so that people know that when they buy NZ goods and pay GST, that they get additional protection, which they don't get from buying overseas. The whole CGA thing is far to airy fairy and open ended, and many people don't actually understand it, or even know that they are covered by it. But it is a point of difference when buying locally, over buying from overseas.